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8/20/2021

Quite a start to the school year, y’all. For all of our colleagues in western NC, we will stick with you throughout recovery from the floods. Email me at [email protected], if you have a story that needs to be shared. Thank you for allowing us to be with you on your hardest days.

For superintendents, the pertinent part of the memorandum by President Biden and the follow up post by Secretary Cardona is as follows:

“We will take any necessary action to ensure that nothing interferes with a school district’s discretion to make these critical investments, including state policies from a Governor, state legislature, state education agency, or other officials. This also includes paying the full salaries of educators (including superintendents) and school board members if their state moves to withhold their salary or levy financial penalties on their schools.”

It’s toward the end of Cardona’s statement: https://blog.ed.gov/2021/08/meeting-the-presidents-call-to-support-the-safe-and-sustained-reopening-of-schools/

Biden also said in a speech, “As I’ve said before, if you aren’t going to fight COVID-19, at least get out of the way of everyone else who is trying. You know, we’re not going to sit by as governors try to block and intimidate educators protecting our children. For example, if a governor wants to cut the pay of a hardworking education leader who requires masks in the classroom, the money from the American Rescue Plan can be used to pay that person’s salary — 100 percent.”

Here’s the transcript of Biden’s full speech: https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/speeches-remarks/2021/08/18/remarks-by-president-biden-on-fighting-the-covid-19-pandemic-2/

In other news, here is the list of which legislators are on the conference committee for the budget.

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Mebane Rash

Mebane Rash is the CEO and editor-in-chief of EducationNC.


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